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2008-07-10 09:01:29

By Jeremy Olson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 10--Sixteen babies were born in 17 hours Tuesday at Regions Hospital -- a record for the St. Paul hospital. The baby boom came on one of the busiest days for deliveries each year. It proved to be a steady day of births for a hospital that usually brings just five newborns daily into the world. As the numbers grew, Regions called in extra nurses and assigned administrative nurse managers to women in labor, said Debbie McIlhon, one of...

2008-07-10 09:00:00

By Leslie Brooks Suzukamo, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 10--It's one cool energy saving idea. Some large offices are using big blocks of ice to cool off on hot afternoons instead of running their air conditioners. The buildings make the ice at night, when electricity rates are lowest, and use the ice during the day to chill the air being pumped through the structures. It's just one example of how businesses large and small are making extra efforts to improve the efficiency of...

2008-07-09 18:00:13

By John Welbes, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 9--Northwest Airlines will cut 2,500 jobs and start charging $15 for a passenger's first checked bag as it tries to cope with rising fuel prices. The airline will also charge a service fee for using frequent flier miles. "Our fuel costs have more than doubled in the last year," said Doug Steenland, Northwest's CEO, said today. To manage the fuel costs, the airline has to "both control costs and increase our revenue," he added. The...

2008-07-09 09:00:41

By John Welbes, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 9--The initial speculation on the cause of a damaged nose cone on a Northwest Airlines 757 jetliner last weekend was a bird had made a lasting impression. That changed Tuesday. Citing a lack of evidence of a collision, and the fact that birds don't commonly fly 18,000 feet over Florida, investigators offered another theory. "It appears to be an internal structural failure," said Elizabeth Corey, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation...

2008-07-08 12:00:00

By Gita Sitaramiah, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 8--Moms and grandmas, start saving now. An American Girl store is coming to Mall of America in November. The historical dolls go for around $90. And that's only the beginning. Don't forget that $25 outfit for the doll, a $7 to $13 book and tea, beach or craft parties starting at about $55 per person. "I've never seen so many people walk into a store and spend $300 to $500 and walk out with a smile on their face," said Britt...

2008-07-08 12:00:42

By Amy Carlson Gustafson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 8--Forget brain rot. You can actually learn stuff while watching TV -- and we're not just talking about PBS or the Discovery Channel, either. In Jeff Alexander's new book, "A TV Guide to Life: How I Learned Everything I Needed to Know From Watching Television," the 38-year-old, who lives in Minneapolis with his wife and young son, reveals countless lessons learned watching TV. The book's 14 chapters include Saved by the Bell:...

2008-07-08 12:00:00

By Dennis Lien, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 8--Minnesota should do more to protect lake and stream shorelines from development, slow the movement of water across landscapes to reduce flooding, and shift to perennial crops to produce biofuels, according to a new blueprint for protecting and improving the state's natural resources. The Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan, prepared by planners led by the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, offers...

2008-07-07 18:00:26

By Leslie Brooks Suzukamo, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 4--Low-income people whose power was disconnected this spring when they couldn't pay their heating bills should be first in line for $875,000 in federal energy assistance that recently became available, local energy assistance advocates are telling the state. But the state Commerce Department, which administers the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is weighing the benefits of using that money...

2008-07-07 15:00:31

By Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 7--"Ebullient" would be a good word for Brendan Fraser. "Impossible-to-punctuate," too. Here's Fraser -- who stars in Friday's adventure, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" -- describing what it's like to have "Journey" and "The Mummy 3" open within three weeks of each other: "I'm on the hurdy-gurdy tour," says Fraser, launching into a merry-go-round-like song. "It has to do with the alchemy of chaos that goes with which studio...

2008-07-06 18:00:15

By Mary Ann Grossmann, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jul. 6--For Minnesotans, "up north" is not a specific place. It's an idea that lives in our hearts and imaginations. "Up north" could be as close as the Chisago chain of lakes or as distant as Lake of the Woods. For many of us, though, "up north" means Lake Superior, its North Shore and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Today, we celebrate this giant inland sea and the cities that surround it with a roundup of worthy books...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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